Bubba Watson withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Bubba Watson, citing allergies, withdrew after the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.
By T.J. Auclair
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Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 | 1:37 p.m.

Thursday proved to be a tough day for Bubba Watson.

The 2012 Masters champion withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational following an opening round of 11-over 83 at Bay Hill. Watson cited allergies as the reason for his early exit.

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Watson's 83 in the first round, included an 11 at the par-5 sixth hole, a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 18th hole, three bogeys and one birdie.

Up until this week, it had been a fruitful year for Watson. He made the cut in all seven of his previous starts with five top-10 finishes, including a win in the Northern Trust Open.

Watson sent out the following tweets after his withdrawal:

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.